Saturday, October 4, 2008

Finally back from the beach. I've returned as a swooning adolescent...

So, I'm finally getting a moment to sit down and update y'all on our beach vacation.

We traveled to Myrtle Beach with our family, my parents, and my sister and her family.

Really, there's not too much to recap for you. I could sum it up in one word: Challenging.

Lots of sick kids (colds, ear infections, roseola).

Which made for lots of crying and whining.

And, of course, there was the nor'easter that blew in with 40 mph winds for a few days.

But, we did try and make the best of it. We managed a trip to the aquarium and enjoyed a few sunny days -- even if it was a little breezy.

The weather also provided a perfect excuse for me to dive into some new books.

Have you read them!?!?

Y'all. Y'all.

I'm a little obsessed. These books may just have eclipsed Jane Eyre as my favorite read. (And you have no idea how that pains a literary snob like myself to say that.) I've read a lot of good books this year, mind you, but none that I haven't been able to put down so I could go wash clothes and make dinner for my family.

Until I started reading these.

Total guilty pleasure, these are.

Now, initially I was a little gun-shy to pick the books up because they're young adult fiction and one of the main characters is a vampire.

I'm not really into that genre.

But, Rachel assured me that it wouldn't be what I was expecting. And when Shannon began raving about it right before I left for vacation, I finally got myself to Walmart and picked up the first two books, telling myself that if I didn't like them, I would return them.

Less than a week later I was at the Walmart in Myrtle Beach buying books three and four.

I wasn't done with book four when we returned home, so the derth in my blogging (while I'd love to tell you it was due to catching up on laundry and unpacking) was really due to my insatiable desire to finish this book. When I finally did, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I could finally go back to being a wife and mother to my children.

But, then I heard there was an exerpt of a follow up book on the Stephenie Meyer website. I figured I'd pop over and check it out. What it could be, a chapter or two?

264 pages of a Word document.

So, that pretty much shot the next day, because I had to read that as well.

Now that I've read every possible thing to do with the Twilight Series available, I'm trying to get back to life as usual (while also waiting for the Twilight movie to come out November 21 -- see, I told you I sound like an obsessed 13-year-old).

All I have to say is go get the books. Go get them now. Read them.

Just make sure you're caught up on laundry and you've pre-made a few dinners.


Rachel said...


Told you so :-)

I'm so glad that you were sucked in too. She did an amazing job didn't she?

Absolutely fabulous! You're so cute ;-) Welcome home honey.

workthatwardrobe said...

Poor you!
Hope everyone has recovered.
I read Twilight on holiday and passed it on to my son's 17-year-old girlfriend who loved it too.
By the way - I was named after Jane Eyre. My mum was reading the book whens he was pregnant with me. I always wished she'd been reading something with a more exotic sounding heroine but I have got used to it now.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Ok, you are about the 53rd person to recommend these books...they are definitely on my to-read list. I'm going to have to plan an entire week to sit down and get into them.

Glad you're back!

Domestic Spaz said...

I hate to say it but I'm scared to start this series. I honestly can't get so wrapped up in a book that I neglect my already neglected family. It's like when I read The Other Boleyn Girl and I took it in the car to pick up Munchkin from school thinking I'd read it while I waited for them to get out.

When I was reading it while driving I knew I had a problem.

I don't know if I can do that to myself again.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Oh, too funny! I'll have to look into them. After I freeze a few meals, of course.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Okay, okay, twist my arm!

Really, I've heard a lot of really good things about them...I'll look for them at the public library!

Kellie said...

I may have to go check these out at the library as well. You are the second person in a week who has mentioned them to me.

Um, the other person was a 13 year old girl.


I literally said 'Oh no!" out loud when I read the kiddos were sick on your trip! BUt your positive outlook and excitement over books well read made me feel less sad for your vacation woes!

Now, go do some laundry! (and that's like the pot calling the kettle black!)

Threeundertwo said...

These books have become such a phenomenon. I finally caved and have started the first one. My daughter is obsessed with them.

At last, something to replace Harry Potter.

heather said...

Umm, ok. Deep breath. Just a reminder that NOTHING will ever eclipse Jane Eyre. Nothing. I believe that it's in the book snob by-laws that anything that attracts the literary rabble as well as the more discerning is off limits as a favorite book choice. A second rule regarding the number of pieces of flair on Facebook in relation to favorite status is also in violation, but that's a dusty and somewhat obscure statute. That is all. :D

Rae said...

So funny and so true!!! That saga is completely ADDICTING! My poor children ate cereal for every meal for days on end!!!! But don't tell anyone! :)

P.S. I found your blog through Kellie! Nice to meet ya!

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Sarah said...

I'm outrageously obsessed! I read them all in a week, and now I started over. I STARTED OVER. And seriously, I might go to the movie. With all the 13 yr old girls.

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